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PRESS PHOTOS BY JENNIFER BODISCHInstructors from Hope Tae Kwon Do, Cherryville, give cadets an overview of self defense, releases from grabs, ground fighting and bag drills. Cadets Jillayne Gumbs of Wyoming Valley (blue cap) and Adrianna Andrews from Northampton (red cap) learn to shout “no” and escape from a wrist release. PRESS PHOTOS BY JENNIFER BODISCHInstructors from Hope Tae Kwon Do, Cherryville, give cadets an overview of self defense, releases from grabs, ground fighting and bag drills. Cadets Jillayne Gumbs of Wyoming Valley (blue cap) and Adrianna Andrews from Northampton (red cap) learn to shout “no” and escape from a wrist release.
Jordan Lavan of Lehighton may seem to have an advantage over Cadet Jocelyn Tadley of New Tripoli (bottom). However, Tadley is about to practice a ground-fighting maneuver and escape. Jordan Lavan of Lehighton may seem to have an advantage over Cadet Jocelyn Tadley of New Tripoli (bottom). However, Tadley is about to practice a ground-fighting maneuver and escape.
Cadets Carlos Veloz of Nazareth and Jose Romero Torres of Allentown proudly display their targets. The target shooting sessions are designed to promote respect for self and others along with gun safety. Junior Counselor Joe DeStafano, (rear) applies new targets. DeStefano was chosen to attend Honor Camp in August at the State Police Academy in Hershey. Cadets Carlos Veloz of Nazareth and Jose Romero Torres of Allentown proudly display their targets. The target shooting sessions are designed to promote respect for self and others along with gun safety. Junior Counselor Joe DeStafano, (rear) applies new targets. DeStefano was chosen to attend Honor Camp in August at the State Police Academy in Hershey.

Bonds created between police, kids at Troop M Camp Cadet

Monday, August 29, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH Special to The Press in Local News

Especially important during this time of uneasy relations between some citizens and police in this country, State Police Troop M sponsored its annual Camp Cadet at Camp Fowler, Orefield.

This year, 91 campers ages 12 to 15, checked in for a week of structured activities aimed at re-creating actual state police training.

The campers focused on discipline, self-esteem and teamwork.

Activities included K-9 and radar demonstrations, visits from a state police helicopter, as well as representatives from the FBI and Secret Service.

Trooper Marc Allen, community services officer, oversees the week.

The camp is staffed by state troopers, local police and many community volunteers.

According to Allen, many cadets begin the week nervous and timid but all exit with a new found sense of respect for themselves, a greater understanding of the criminal justice system, and a positive relationship with law enforcement officers.

Many cadets eventually move on to become junior camp counselors.

“You don’t leave here learning anything that’s not worth it,” said Junior Counselor Michael,of Kintnersville. “This camp is an influential program that shapes us all to understand and to relate to one another.”